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Mercury Center: Timing is everything, and for Linux it’s good

“With announcements that IBM, Hewlett-Packard and others are
shipping machines with Linux software inside, the guerrilla
movement is inching its way toward becoming a small-scale
revolution. Last week, the IBM announcement was credited by the
Associated Press with lowering Microsoft’s stock price by more than
$4 a share.”

“Even if Linux isn’t the main reason stock traders are off
Microsoft, the perception that the Linux operating system
represents a threat is a measure of its new influence.

That’s saying something for a piece of computer code that’s
distributed free, that relies on a network that is unpaid and
unconnected — except by expertise, enthusiasm and programming
knowledge — to innovate and expand.”


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